Manny Acta will be the future manager of the New York Mets. You read it here first. Or maybe somewhere else, but in any event, it seems safe to say that Acta will be going back home soon to be re-united with Omar Minaya.
Acta has done as much as he can with the Washington Nationals and their limited payroll. He is under contract with the Nats through 2009, but this is sports, where contracts aren’t worth the paper they are written on when it comes to breaking them.
Besides, the Mets will pay whatever it takes to get him. The fact that Acta is a native Spanish speaker will help with the predominately Latino Mets. He also has a way about him with young players, and he is respected by the Mets' veterans as well. Additionally, he already knows several of the Mets' players who have been recently traded from the Nats.
Acta will make more money, have more talent to work with, and will get away from that idiot Jim Bowden, who has to be one of the most hapless GMs in all of baseball.
Acta makes about $500,000 for the 2008 season, and he is scheduled to make about $600,000 in 2009. Willie Randolph was making about $2.2 million from the Mets. Acta will get a deal worth about $1 million per year from the Mets.